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Back-to-school resources

Lessons for the new school year including plans for icebreakers, business basics, and absolute beginners.

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On this page, you’ll find a wealth of theoretical and practical resources designed to help ease you into the new school year and make the most of the back-to-school weeks. Whether you need to break the ice with your new groups, find ideas for the first classes or simply get some inspiration, we’ve got all you need to give you a stress-free start!

Skills-based resources

Absolute Beginners

This section contains a series of twenty step-by-step ESOL lesson plans by Frances Marnie designed for beginner-level students with little or no knowledge of English.


Business Basics

A series of lesson plans focusing on functional and situational English designed to help elementary-level students get started learning Business Basics.

First lessons: Lesson plans

A set of lesson plans and worksheets for use in first lessons in business English.

More skills-based resources


First day

Lindsay Clandfield provides six tried and tested speaking activities perfect for your first day with a new class.

Onestop Phonics: The Letter Aa

The first podcast in the Onestop Phonics series for young learners focuses on the letter A. For a complete lesson plan with student worksheets and character flashcard, please go to

More resources for children

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